Bird scooters banned from Country Club Plaza because of safety issues

Galtero Lara
Agosto 11, 2018

This was highlighted by a lighthearted tweet from Madeline Eskind, a product manager at Twitter who this week posted an image of scores of abandoned Bird scooters in the startup's home city of Santa Monica, California, with the caption: "The 2018 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'". Using Bird scooters is controlled through the company's app, but for now, if you open the app to ride a Bird, you'll see it's blocked out at the Plaza.

Users got the word via app Wednesday morning: "Please do not ride or drop in this area", said the message, which included a pink-shaded map of the Plaza.

The Plaza's management said the Bird ban is because of safety incidents that prompted several complaints.

The interim agreement allows Bird to place up to 500 scooters on streets with the city's permission.

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"Representatives contacted city officials about Bird's presence in Plaza".

"We look forward to testing our affordable transportation option with the people and communities of Cleveland, as they recognize the need for an accessible and reliable transit system", a Bird spokesperson said. Last week the city approved Bird's request to add 250 vehicles, bringing their total Kansas City fleet to 350.

As far as distance is concerned, the scooters can go up to 15 miles on a single charge.

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